Last updated on 7th Feb. 2018
This post is copy-pasted from my Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2073897639493469, dated 2nd Feb. 2018.
Above pic courtesy: Facebook post of Mr. Naminithi Seenivasan, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156122908168011&set=a.10150130329148011.298364.645573010, 2nd Feb. 2018
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I commend Malaysia Sai orgn. for taking this clear and unambiguous public stand AGAINST so called subtle body group.
Update: This seems to be the corresponding Borneo Post, Malaysia article: http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/02/01/ngos-deny-sanctioning-any-setting-up-of-sai-baba-centre-in-bau-blessing-ceremony/, dated 1st Feb. 2018.
About Borneo Post from its wiki page, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Borneo_Post : "The Borneo Post, established in 1978, is the largest and widest read English newspaper daily in East Malaysia."
The above article quotes Sathya Sai International Organization (SSIO) Malaysia and the Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Kuching (SSBC Kuching) as stating the following:
We wish to clarify that SSBC Kuching, at address Lot 65-66, Section 36, KTLD Jalan Batu Lintang, 93672 Kuching – is the one and only Sathya Sai Baba Centre in Kuching that is affiliated with SSIO Malaysia – a non-sectarian, non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to the promotion of human values, national unity and selfless service for the poor, the sick and the needy.
The organisation, inspired by our Master Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, is part of the worldwide body with presence in over 130 countries.
The raising of funds for projects and centre buildings from the public is strictly prohibited by the Sathya Sai Organisation. Soliciting funds from the public, even for the alleged noble cause as claimed (on the news report), is rejected by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
SSIO Malaysia and SSBC Kuching shall not be responsible for any misuse or abuse of public funds collected in the name of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
[Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba] has ruled that He does not speak to His devotees and the public through mediums or clairvoyants.
Hence, SSIO Malaysia and SSBC Kuching do not believe in the claim of a ‘subtle body’ speaking on behalf of our Master. We urge the public to exercise caution with regard to such claims.
--- end SSIO Malaysia and SSBC Kuching joint statement quotes from Borneo Post article ---
An additional comment of mine that I used as forwarding comment to a correspondent (slightly edited):
It has been an interesting learning experience for me about how a false claim spiritual group, in this case the so called 'subtle body'/communicator of Sathya Sai Baba group, rises meteorically to fame, money and power, but then slowly and steadily its false claim gets exposed despite threats and intimidation tactics they try to silence the persons doing the exposes.
The above post shows how an East Malaysian English language newspaper carried the statements of the official Malaysia Sathya Sai orgn. clearly stating that Sathya Sai Baba did not endorse/support any medium/communicator claims and warning the public about possible misuse/abuse of funds by the 'subtle body' group.
On a Facebook post of a Malaysian Sai devotee who seems to have many followers, if I recall correctly, I read that this press article in the Borneo Post was in response to an article or maybe it was an advertisement in a Chinese language newspaper in that region of Malaysia that promoted the so called 'subtle body' group.
Falsehood in small media outlets (which may be vulnerable to money payment for publishing such false claims) has to be combated with truth in respected media outlets. That's the way the truthful information gets spread in communities. My observation is that this is true in India, in Malaysia (as seen in this case) and in the USA. Some people may choose to believe in the falsehood some media outlets spread but I think most educated, knowledgeable and responsible people do not get fooled, or at least fooled for long, by such falsehood from some media outlets when it is combated by truth from more respected media outlets.
Those who contribute to publishing in respected media outlets such truth exposing falsehood, do a great service to their communities and society at large. I now have huge respect for such people. Guardians of truth in society - that's what they are, in my considered opinion. And so they should be venerated by society for this service they do.
Given below are comments from my Facebook post,
https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2073897639493469, associated with this blog post:
Mr. V.R. Ganti wrote: Too long.
I (Ravi) responded: Vr Ganti sir, Many people in Parthi have complained about my long articles and mails in the past, including former vice-chancellor Sashidhara Prasad when in May-June 2012, I brought to his notice the Shakuni poison and criminal action of some administrators of the Sai university against me :-). Rather than read the full and well documented matter, he chose to fail in his duty as vice-chancellor and wrote me back that he does not have time to read long mails and accused me instead of spreading poisonous venom! Ha! Ha! What an Asathya-Adharma crook that fellow was! Anyway, later I learned that he nearly got put in jail due to some allegedly criminal actions of his as VC of Mysore university and was saved by political support as the governor of Karnataka intervened to prevent a police case being filed against him by his successor VC. Sri Talwar was the name of the successor VC of Mysore university, if I recall correctly. [Other readers who want to know more about my issues with Sashidhara Prasad and other Sai university administrators may visit this blog post of mine: http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/11/my-may-2012-service-record-record.html]
Well, it is reader's choice whether to read or not read my posts. As a writer, I prefer to express myself to my full satisfaction and do not bother about the length of the post that I write. My focus is on full expression of my thoughts and views rather than the number of readers who will read such full expression of my thoughts and views.
And I do not get bothered in the least if some readers don't have the time and/or inclination to read these long posts and comments. It is their choice and they are fully entitled to ignore my long posts and long comments, or even ignore my short posts and short comments :-). Jai Sairam!
Mr. V.R. Ganti responded: Good
Saithra Leilani wrote:
I enjoy to read all your postings. You just need a handful of people who understands you. And Whoever is practicing Adharma and Asathyam to fulfil their self interest has to face the consequences no matter what as the truth will always surface in it's own timing but surely. Expressing clearly and eloquently are the fundamentals of communications. So thumbs up Ravi S. Iyer...😊😊😊😊"
I (Ravi) wrote:
Thanks a lot Saithra Leilani for your appreciation. Such responses from readers helps in a big way to motivate me to continue writing posts and comments in my style. Jai Sairam!